On Wednesday’s The View, the ABC crew assaulted the irony of Melania Trump taking up the cause of cyber-bullying, when President Trump’s tweets are routinely described as bullying.
Sara Haines took up a rather typical liberal-media line, that Melania chose this issue as subliminal opposition to her bullying husband, and said Mrs. Trump should be applauded for speaking out against bullies. Sunny Hostin wasn’t having it: “I’m on the other side of it. I don't think she's the right messenger for cyber-bullying because she can't seem to control it in her own home.”
Doesn’t that sound like the argument against Hillary Clinton? You know, the woman who tweeted in 2015 that “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”
SUNNY HOSTIN: You know, she's the wrong messenger for cyber-bullying but she’s the wrong messenger for everything almost because of his behavior. She can't be involved in the #MeToo movement. She can't be involved in Let's Get Fit because the man ain't fit. There are all these things she can't be involved --
JOY BEHAR: How about immigration?
HOSTIN: She can't be involved in immigration.
BEHAR: She's an immigrant.
HOSTIN: She's in a very difficult position, but, you know, she has -- he has, I think, ruined the Republican Party in the sense that the Republican Party was always the party of family values. And they talked about the sanctity of marriage. They talked about being faith-based. And that was an attractive message to me for many, many years. But now with Stormy [Daniels], and all this stuff and the cyber-bullying, this is no longer the Republican Party of family values and I think that's why people should care about Stormy. That's why people should care about all these accusers.
This was not the Hostin position in 2016 when it came to Bill Clinton's accusers. Hillary could bully them, and it was no reflection on the Democratic Party: "The bottom line is, you are going to be upset with the other woman as well because she broke -- you know, she broke girl code. I mean, Monica Lewinsky knew he was married. Gennifer Flowers knew he was married. I would be pissed, too…She reacted like any other woman would."
And yet, when Meghan McCain said Melania shouldn't be held accountable for what her husband says, Hostin jumped back to defending Hillary:
HOSTIN: Then why did everyone hold Hillary Clinton responsible for Bill Clinton?
HAINES: I didn't.
HOSTIN: That's what's fascinating about this whole thing.
McCAIN: Because she was involved in his campaign, nicknamed the women the bimbo eruptions. She was one of his top advisors –
HOSTIN: [Trump brought accusers] To the debate with Hillary Clinton.
McCAIN: I thought that was gross at the time.
HOSTIN: Now all of a sudden she has to be separate and apart.
Somehow, Hostin can see hypocrisy among the social conservatives on adultery, but she can't see hypocrisy among the Clinton voters on believing sexual-assault accusers.